CLERK'S FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Among the large number of questions the clerk receives, there are a few that are asked more than most. Here you will find many of these "Frequently Asked Questions" and their answers.

If your particular question is not here, or you need elaboration on an answer given here, feel free to contact the Clerk by phone below or by email.



PASSPORT INFORMATION  (850) 577-4060

  • What is a passport?
  • A passport is an internationally recognized travel document attesting to the identity and nationality of the bearer. The passport is a request on the part of the issuing government that officials of foreign governments permit the bearer to travel in their territories and to afford them all lawful aid and protection.
  • Who needs a passport?
  • Anyone, including infants, departing from the United States and entering the United States from outside the United States. Travel.State.Gov contains information regarding the passport and visa requirements of foreign countries, and their respective fees.

    A passport is not required for travel by U.S. citizens to any territory or waters, including Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Proof of identity and citizenship is always required.
  • What are the requirements for a passport?
  • Proof of Identity.
    • A current valid driver's license, military identification, government identification, or previous U.S. Passport will serve as identification. Social Security cards are NOT acceptable for identification.
    • Certified copy of birth record.
    • The birth record must be certified by the state in which the birth took place. A raised or embossed seal must be affixed to the birth record. Children under age 14 require both parents' signatures. Click here to link to the U.S. Department of State's Explanation and Requirements.
    • Proof of citizenship
    • If you were born outside of the United States, a Naturalization Certificate or Certificate of Citizenship is required.
    • Social Security Number
    • A social security number is required for all passport applications regardless of the age of the applicant.
    • Two passport photos
    • Two recent identical passport photos, 2" x 2". are required. Photographs can be taken at the s Office. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. M-F. Cost of the 2 photographs required is $10.00. There are also private photographic studios in Tallahassee that can provide this service.

  • Can you get a passport if a birth record is not available?
  • Yes. This requires additional documentation. You should call the Clerk's Office (577-4060) for specific instructions regarding your particular situation.
  • Do I have to apply in person?
  • As of February 1, 2004 passport services will begin requiring the personal appearance of all children applying for U.S. passports as well as both parents, or your passport was lost or stolen, or your passport was issued more than 12 years ago.
  • When should I apply for a passport?
  • You should apply for a passport several months before you plan to travel. If you will need a visa from a foreign embassy, you will need to allow even more time.
  • Where can I apply for a passport?
  • The Clerk's office, at 313 S. Calhoun St, is a federally designated passport acceptance agency serving the public in Leon County. The office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you have questions, please call 577-4060.
  • How long is a passport valid?
  • The passport is valid for ten (10) years if you are 16 years of age or older. The passport is valid for five (5) years if you are 15 years of age or younger.
  • Can a passport be renewed by mail?
  • Yes. If your most recent passport was issued when you were at least 16 years old, issued within the past 12 years, and you use the same name as on your most recent passport OR you have had your name changed by marriage or court order and can submit proper documentation to reflect the name changes.
  • When will I receive my passport?
  • You will receive your passport within 45 business days, plus mailing time, from the receipt of your completed application by the passport agency.

    If you need your passport sooner, you may request expedited service which guarantees processing within 7-10 business days from the receipt of your completed application by the passport agency.
  • How do I report a missing passport?
  • Complete form DSP-64 and bring it to the Clerk's Office when you apply for a new passport.
  • Where can Passport applications and renewal applications be obtained and what is the cost?
  • The Official Records Office, 313 S. Calhoun Street Suite 101, Tallahassee, FL 32301, can provide applications and renewal application forms.

    PASSPORT FEE SCHEDULE

    1. U.S. Passport Book for First Time Applicants and Minors

        a. Adults (age 16 and over)
             i. Passport Fee
                Payable to Department of State
    $110.00
             ii. Acceptance Fee
                Payable to Acceptance Facility
    $25.00
             iii. Total First-Time Applicant Fee
    $135.00
        b. Minors (under age 16)
             i. Passport Fee
                Payable to Department of State
    $80.00
             ii. Acceptance Fee
                Payable to Acceptance Facility
    $25.00
             iii. Total First-Time Applicant Fee
    $105.00

    2. U.S. Passport Card for First Time Applicants and Minors

        a. Adults (age 16 and over)
             i. Passport Fee
                Payable to Department of State
    $30.00
             ii. Acceptance Fee
                Payable to Acceptance Facility
    $25.00
             iii. Total First-Time Applicant Fee
    $55.00
        b. Minors (under age 16)
             i. Passport Fee
                Payable to Department of State
    $15.00
             ii. Acceptance Fee
                Payable to Acceptance Facility
    $25.00
             iii. Total First-Time Applicant Fee
    $40.00

    3. Other Service Fees

        a. Additional Visa Pages
    $82.00
        b. File Search Fee
    $150.00
        c. Expedite Processing
    $60.00
        d. Photos
    $10.00

    (* THE TOTAL FEE IS SHOWN ABOVE, HOWEVER, PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL NEED A CHECK FOR THE PORTION THAT WILL GO TO THE U.S. PASSPORT AGENCY ALONG WITH YOUR PASSPORT APPLICATION. THE PORTION THAT IS PAYABLE TO THE CLERK OF COURT CAN BE PAID BY CASH, CHECK OR CREDIT CARD. FOR A BREAKDOWN OF FEES, PLEASE CALL 577-4060.)
  • Additional Information
  • On-line passport applications are available at the U.S. Department of State.

    For questions after your passport has been processed, call National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778.
  • SAVE TIME and complete your application prior to getting to our office by simply clicking on this link.
  • Just remember, DO NOT sign it until you are in front of one of our clerks. http://travel.state.gov/passport/forms/forms_847.html
  • What is a Passport Card?
  • The passport card is the wallet-size travel document that can only be used to re-enter the United States at land border-crossings and sea ports-of-entry from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. The card provides a less expensive, smaller, and convenient alternative to the passport book for those who travel frequently to these destinations by land or by sea.


    The passport card is adjudicated to the same standards as the passport book. You must provide documents that establish your U.S. citizenship and identity.